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The Fairbanks City Council last night gave initial approval to a measure that would ask Fairbanks voters to consider an increase in property taxes to fill a gap in the city’s budget caused by a cutback in state funding.


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City of Fairbanks voters will consider a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana. The city council has approved putting the proposed retail tax before voters in the October municipal election.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the tax is an effort to tap unknown revenue from the new legalized marijuana business.

The Fairbanks City Council decided Monday to delay action on a proposal to add a provision in the city code to include complaints of marijuana smoke as a disturbing the peace charge. The council members decided to consider other types of odors that also could be included as nuisances.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has unanimously approved an ordinance to regulate marijuana use. Assembly member John Davies says the intent is to clarify the evolving state law legalizing recreational marijuana.

“Clearly, what we’re trying to do is to keep the peace by having clear rules, so the referee knows when to blow the while and when not to blow the whistle,” Davies said.

Alaskans can consume and possess marijuana as of today, but not in public, and last night the Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance setting a hundred-dollar fine for violating that rule.


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The Fairbanks City Council denied a request by city Fire Chief Warren Cummings Monday to apply for a $1.9 million grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security to help the fire department recruit and train new personnel.

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Fairbanks City Council members advanced an ordinance Monday that would set a hundred-dollar fine for consuming marijuana in a public place within city limits. The councilman who proposed the ordinance says it would give both police and the pot-consuming public a break.


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Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice.


City of Fairbanks

The Fairbanks City Council tonight will consider final approval of the city budget for the coming year.

The operating budget calls for $35.6 million in general fund spending and $36.4 million in revenue.

The Fairbanks City Council has unanimously voted down a labor contract with public safety employees. The council took the action at a regular meeting Monday night. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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